Research residency ‘19
we are very happy to announce our first ever Research residency as part of the expanded Lucy Art Residency program with artist Almudena Romero (SP).
Making image-objects with the cyanotype process
Almudena Romero, who was the lead artist for our Cyanotype Workshop in June, has been invited to return to Kavala as our first Fall/Winter resident artist. Almudena will be in Kavala for three weeks in October and November and will focus her research on the local tobacco industry, how its trade shaped the city and the wider area and the geopolitical and social changes it brought with it. We will share more information soon!
Almudena Romero is visual artist working with a wide range of photographic processes from early printing techniques such as cyanotype, salt printing or wet plate collodion, to new technologies including 3D scanning and printing. Her practice uses photographic processes to reflect on issues relating to identity, representation and ideology; such as the role of photography in the construction of national identities, or the link between photographic archives and colonialism. Romero’s works focus on how photography affects the notions of public, private, memory and, in general, the concept of the individual, and touch on how perception affects existence and how photography contributes to organising perception.
Romero has shown and explained her practice at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, TATE Modern, TATE Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tsinghua Art Museum, the Whitechapel Gallery, Le Cent-Quatre Paris, University of the Arts London, Unseen Amsterdam and Fundacion Mapfre. She has received various awards and bursaries including the Heritage Lottery Fund, i-Portunus. Creative Europe Fund, the Arts Council England Project Grants, and a-n Artist Bursaries. She has also been awarded prestigious international residencies at the Sichuan Fina Arts Institute (China), Penumbra Foundation (USA), Lucy Art Residency (Greece) and National Portrait Gallery (UK).
Romero has received commissions to produce installations in public spaces from Team London Bridge, Southwark Council, Emergency Exit Artist, Wellcome Trust and University College London, Bow Arts Trust & London Festival of Architecture. Her work has been featured in BBC Four and other media including in Photomonitor, Radio France Internationale, TimeOut, DUST magazine, EXTRA magazine (FOMU, Foto Museum) and other media.
Romero holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication and an MA Photography from the University of the Arts London. She is a lecturer at the Stanford University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Romero has also delivered courses, lectures and artist talks for Science Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Estorick Collection, Sotheby's Institute of Art, University of Westminster, Kingston University, University for the Creative Arts and Southampton Solent University.
the 2019 l.A.R. Resident artist
Sjoerd Knibbeler (NL) was selected as the winner of the Lucy Art Residency 2019 from over 400 applications to our Open Call. It has now become a tradition and as every year, we have also invited to Kavala for the public program the runner ups, Simone Siapenza (It) and Maria Sturm (Ro).
Sjoerd Knibbeler (1981) is a visual artist from the Netherlands, living and working in Amsterdam. He explores the human quest of discovering the world through an associative, process-driven approach to photography. The camera – in one form or another – is always present as a tool in his artistic process, which materializes in printed matter, objects, video installations and artist books. His work was awarded the Grand Prix du Jury Photographie in Hyères, France in 2015 and the same year he was selected as Foam Talent. Since then he had solo exhibitions at Foam Photography Museum, Espace Images, Dutch National Maritime Museum and Villa Noailles. Notable group exhibitions include Quickscan NL#02 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum and the Paris Photo / Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards, which included his shortlisted artist book Paper Planes. His work is part of national and international collections like Maison Européenne Photographie, Villa Noailles, Foam Photography Museum and Museum Voorlinden. Sjoerd Knibbeler teaches at the Utrecht School of Arts and is a member of the international photography collective Piece of Cake.
[Background image ©Sjoerd Knibbeler “Exploded view #139,2019” , courtesy of the artist - Portrait Image courtesy of the artist]
The Jury for 2019 is:
how to apply
The Applications for the 2019 Residency are now closed. The Lucy Art Residency 2020 program will be announced on our web page, Facebook page and Instagram in late Autumn 2019.
What is included in the residency.
The residency includes accommodation in a private room in the five star hotel Lucy, breakfast and two daily meals in the hotel's restaurant, economy flights to and from the country of residence and a per diem of 25 Euros for personal expenses. For the production of the artwork following the residency a 300 Euro Artist Fee will be paid and up to 300 Euro production budget provided.
Should I apply with a project?
Applying with a project is not a requirement. The concept of the residency is the offer and exploration of free time. Therefore the artist statement is a way to introduce oneself and their praxis to the Jurors and the letter of intend will explain why you would be very eager to have two weeks of free time and how this might help you with your praxis now. Of course if you would like to use the residency as an opportunity to continue a project or start a new one in Kavala we would never discourage you from doing so!
What is not included in the residency
Personal, health and equipment insurance must be arranged by the artist in advance. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers you in all kinds of emergency as the Residency is not able to provide comprehensive health coverage of any kind.
What disciplines are accepted in the residency?
Currently we accept applications from visual artists that use photography extensively in their practice.
Who can apply for the residency?
The residency is open to emerging visual artists resident in one of the following countries:
Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYROM, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.
Please note that if the country of origin of the artist is not part of the EU/EEA then he or she will be responsible for securing the travel documents required to enter and stay in Greece during the period of the residency.
Why not from more countries?
it is only because of budgetary constrains. We are looking into ways of opening up our applications to residents of more countries in the future, but this is still not financially possible for us.
Which are the dates of the residency?
The selected artist can chose any continuous two week period between the 5th - 26th of June. Please note that the Lucy Art Residency Public Talks will take place on 15 of June 2019. The Jurors and other invited guests will be present from the 14th-16th of June.
Are applications from artistic duos accepted?
Applications from artistic duos are accepted. However, due to a limited budget we are unable to cover the transportation costs of the second artist. A private double room will be provided. The per diem amount and artist fee are not doubled.
How long do I have to produce the artwork?
Until the announcement of the next open call. Usually 5 months.
Is there a fee to apply?
Will I meet with the jurors?
Yes! Every year we invite the jury members to come to Kavala and participate at the Lucy Art Residency Talks events. They also spend time with the artist discussing at length about her/his work. During the long weekend everyone involved in the program meets and have dinner together.
Who were the previous resident artists?
Follow the links at the bottom of this website.
Who were the previous jurors?
As above, follow the links at the bottom of this website.
I heard/read something about a workshop?
Last year we collaborated in producing a workshop with artists Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt together with VOID. It was titled “aSynecdoche Kavala 1+1=3”. You can find more information about it following the link at the bottom of this website. There will be a new workshop announced for 2019 in the near future. Application to the workshop will be separate from the residency open call.
With whom should I get in touch with if I have more questions?
Either fill in the form found at the bottom of this page or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This avant garde and ultra-modern hotel opened on April 1st, 1976. With its 217 rooms and the grand reception areas, it added an unprecedented impetus to the city’s tourism scene.
For more than two decades, the hotel was a point of reference for the tourism of the Kavala prefecture and the broader region.
The 1990s left their mark on LUCY hotel: the war in Yugoslavia, which disconnected the road connection of Kavala to Central Europe, and the general decline of the prefecture with the transfer of the main development projects to the neighboring prefectures of Thrace.
In 2006 the company’s management decided to launch a complete renovation project and upgrade the hotel to 5 stars.
The goal was to transform Lucy hotel into a luxury, modern unit, that provides the easy comfort and functionality of modern 5 star hotels, at the same time retaining is older classical chic glamour.
At the end of the 2007 summer tourism season, the renovation works started and they were completed in spring of 2009.
The central design concept for the new Lucy was to preserve the simple modernism which is characteristic for the avant-garde for its time building, and the 60s aesthetics, with strong interventions of modern structural applications.
Kavala, 654 04 Greece